Report: West Ham set to have talks with fifth summer signing's agent over the weekend
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are set to have talks with Carlos Bacca’s agent on the weekend, according to a report.
Guardian journalist Ed Aarons claims on his personal Twitter page that the Hammers will hold talks with Bacca’s agent over the weekend after AC Milan accepted a bid for the Colombian striker.
Told West Ham will hold talks with Carlos Bacca's agent over the weekend after Milan accepted bid for Colombia striker #whufc
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) July 8, 2016
It was reported on Football Insider that the Hammers were in advanced talks with Milan to sign the 29-year-old and it now looks like the East London club have had a breakthrough in their negotiations.
Slaven Bilic has already acted swiftly this summer to sign Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit and Domingos Quina and Bacca could become the Croatian’s fifth signing of the window.
The club are also closing in on the loan signing of Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore, although the deal has not yet been announced.
Bacca started out in his home country of Colombia, where among loan spells he scored 111 goals in six seasons. He impressed after a move to Club Brugge before moving to Spanish giants Sevilla where he won two Europa League titles in two seasons.
Bacca joined the Serie A giants from Sevilla 12 months ago for a fee of around £22million after his release clause was activated.
The Hammers are desperate for a new striker after missing out on Belgian sensation Michy Batshuayi who moved to Chelsea, while Arsenal are in pole position to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers have declined the chance to sign former Premier League winner Robin Van Persie.